Apple vs Microsoft benefits?

Microsoft bevmo
Jun 3, 2018 20 Comments

Can anyone that has worked at both companies comment on this?

Health insurance, 401k match, gym, fertility, discount cards, transit passes, stock purchase plans, ev charging, discounts on company products, etc.


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  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    Microsoft benefits are way better.

    401k match at Microsoft is $9250 a year; at Apple it’s only 3% of ur base, capped at $9250 a year if ur base is high enough.

    Tuition reimbursement at Microsoft is 10k a year; at Apple it’s only $5250 a year.

    HSA contribution at Microsoft is 1k a year for a single person; at Apple it’s only $750 a year.

    Health insurance at Microsoft is free; at Apple, medical, dental, and vision together are crazy expensive, like $770+ per year in paycheck deductions.

    Fitness reimbursement at Microsoft is $800 a year and can be used for fitness equipment; Apple has an onsite fitness center in Cupertino and for remote employees the reimbursement is only $300 a year and can only be used for gym memberships, not for buying bikes, shoes, etc.

    The prime card at Microsoft is much better. At apple we don’t get discounts on movie tickets and stuff.

    Microsoft gives u an orca card; Apple only reimburses $100 a month for commuting expenses.

    For discounts, at Apple u get like 1 of each product 25% off and 10 of each product 15% off each year, plus $500 discounts every 3 years.. not sure how it compares to Microsoft

    The only thing where Apple really wins is ESPP. It’s 10% of base at a 15% discount, which is better than Microsoft’s 15% of base at a 10% discount. Also, the price at Apple is based on the lower of the beginning and ending days of the purchase period, but at Microsoft it’s only the ending day.

    HTH! Lmk if u got any questions 🙂
    Jun 3, 2018 8
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      About time off:

      There are 15 vacay days per year at Microsoft, 12 per year at Apple.

      12 sick/personal days at Microsoft, also 12 sick/personal at apple.

      10 holidays at Microsoft, at apple it’s 10 + the Christmas shutdown, so more like 13 per year.

      👆🏿This is for the first 2 years at both companies; after that, vacay and sick/personal go up...
      Jun 4, 2018
    • Apple / Other muchitsujo
      Also the matching is up to 6% of your pay at Apple after five year. (50% match start, then 75% for years 3-4, then 100% after five, up to 6% of base pay)
      Jun 5, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      75% for years 3-5 u mean
      Jun 5, 2018
    • Microsoft bevmo
      Is that 401k matching?
      Jun 5, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      Jun 6, 2018
  • New
    Dr Stra


    Dr Stramore
    Was at both, perks are almost the same, don’t try to make decisions based on perks. TC and particular project is far more important
    Jun 3, 2018 0
  • New / Eng pornst4r
    Been a while since I worked for Apple, haven't worked for Microsoft.

    401k match up to 6% of your salary (vests over a couple years, I think matching starts at 50%, i.e. 3% if you put in 6%). EV charging at various buildings. Up to 10% of your salary can be put into the ESPP with 15% discount on the purchase price. 25% personal discount, 15% for family and friends, $500 extra discount once every 3 years. Gym was like $10 / paycheck. Health insurance seemed decent, not sure though. Dental and vision were included iirc.
    Jun 3, 2018 0
  • Microsoft TAPAKAH
    Fully agree. ESPP is the only thing where Apple wins. MSFT wins everywhere else. And MSFT has free food too.
    Jun 3, 2018 3
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      That’s not true, at least not in Redmond. No free meals
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Microsoft TAPAKAH
      Is there Apple in Redmond to compare? I compare bay to bay.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Apple / Eng cho Chang
      Apple actually does have a Seattle office. We have snacks but not free meals.

      But in Cupertino we have free dinners at the cafe up to $12 daily.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Amazon XZC4321
    What kind of snacks and drinks does Microsoft have? Is it Google level with Kombucha and Odwala or more of the canned soda variety?
    Jun 8, 2018 3
    • Microsoft hououin
      Umm canned soda, coconut water, milk and alternative milk. No kombucha or odwala. I still can't understand why people drink kombucha.
      Jun 8, 2018
    • Amazon XZC4321
      What kind of snacks?
      Jun 8, 2018
    • Microsoft hououin
      None. Not even bananas
      Jun 8, 2018
  • Apple / Eng Marijuana
    EV charging is shit at Apple. There’s a consistent shortage of chargers.

    Except at Apple Park apparently.
    Jun 3, 2018 0